Stormy weather continues to force closures across the UK
After a weekend that saw Storm Eunice cross the UK and more bad weather as Storm Franklin brings high winds and flooding, museums and heritage attractions have been forced to close.
Among them is the Royal Navy Submarine Museum in Gosport, which has announced its closure due to storm damage. The museum has announced that it will be closed until Wednesday February 23 as it carries out repairs.
We regret to inform you that due to storm damage we are unable to open the Royal Navy Submarine Museum. The museum will be closed until further notice. We apologize for any disappointment, but the safety of visitors and staff is our number one priority. pic.twitter.com/WEGiaUtMKD
— Royal Navy Submarine Museum (@RNSubMuseum) February 20, 2022
The PWRR & Queen’s Regiment Museum in Dover is also still closed due to storm damage, which has announced it is also closed until further notice following storm damage.
The Johnstown Castle Estate, Museum and Gardens closed on Friday and remain closed today.
The Gorge Museum, one of the Shropshire sites run by Ironbridge Gorge Museums, is also closed due to high water levels in the River Severn.
Gunnersbury Park & Museum closed its gates and grounds over the weekend and remains closed today, with the aim of reopening tomorrow. (February 22).
Derby Silk Mill’s Museum of Making today shared video of rising river levels near its location, forcing it to close.
For the safety of visitors and staff, we have made the decision to close the Museum of Making on Tuesday February 22 due to high river levels. We hope to be open again on Wednesday 23rd February, please keep an eye on our website and social media for updates before coming to visit. pic.twitter.com/ealvnmBT44
— Museum of Making at Derby Silk Mill (@MuseumofMaking) February 21, 2022
The Museum of East Anglian Life is still closed today due to storm damage, after announcing its closure on Friday. The museum, which is to be renamed the National Food Museum, said the weather had created “dangerous conditions” and the high winds forecast.
We have to close the site again today due to damage from previous storms creating dangerous conditions and high winds expected later in the day, again we apologize for the inconvenience. pic.twitter.com/1ewpWcXt3F
— East Anglian Life Museum (@MuseumEALife) February 21, 2022
The latest closures add to a weekend of existing storm closures of museums and heritage attractions, some of which have now reopened as the weather clears.
The Horniman Museum and Gardens closed on Friday and reopened their museum today while the gardens remain closed due to high winds. The Museum of English Rural Life closed on Thursday due to storms, but has now reopened.
The Oxford Museum of Natural History was forced to close its main courtyard on Friday the 18th as it took precautions under the area under its historic glass-tiled roof,
The Tring Natural History Museum also closed on Friday due to severe weather warnings, and the Army Aviation Museum in Hampshire closed last Thursday and Friday, but all are now reopened.
The seaside museums Brighton Museum, Hove Museum, Booth Museum of Natural History and Preston Manor also faced closures.
The Roald Dahl Museum, National Holocaust Center and Museum, Essex Local Museum, John Bunyan Museum and Library and D-Day History in Portsmouth also closed over the weekend but have now reopened.